The editor-in-chief of a prominent evangelical magazine that recently announced its support for removing President Trump from office hit back on the president after he accused the publication of being “far left.”
Mark Galli appeared on CNN’s New Day Friday morning to discuss the publication’s editorial calling for impeachment. However, moments before the interview began, the president weighed in on the subject. John Berman read a tweet from Trump that called the magazine, which was founded by the late Rev. Billy Graham, “very ‘progressive'” and claimed that he “has done more for the Evangelical community” than any other president.
“Correct, yeah. Well, I suppose I can be somewhat complimented that the president thought it was worth commenting on. Naturally, I disagree with him on seven or eight different levels. His characterization of us as being far-left is far from accurate. We consider ourselves, and most people consider us, a pretty centrist magazine in the evangelical world. We’re certainly not far-right, and I suppose anyone who’s not far-right, he would consider far-left. And that’s his right to say that. It’s factually inaccurate we’re far-left,” Galli stated.
….have a Radical Left nonbeliever, who wants to take your religion & your guns, than Donald Trump as your President. No President has done more for the Evangelical community, and it’s not even close. You’ll not get anything from those Dems on stage. I won’t be reading ET again!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 20, 2019
“We rarely comment on politics unless we feel it rises to the level of some national concern that is really important,” he went on. “And this would be a case. We wrote editorials about Clinton during his impeachment process. We wrote editorials about Nixon during his. This struck me as rising to that level, and it needed comment.”
The condemnation from a religious publication is notable considering the president won 81% of the evangelical vote during the 2016 election, according to the Pew Research Center.
Graham’s son, Franklin Graham, claimed that his father would not approve of the editorial in a Facebook post.
“For Christianity Today to side with the Democratic Party in a totally partisan attack on the President of the United States is unfathomable,” Graham wrote. “Christianity Today said it’s time to call a spade a spade. The spade is this — Christianity Today has been used by the left for their political agenda. It’s obvious that Christianity Today has moved to the left and is representing the elitist liberal wing of evangelicalism.”
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